ISLAMABAD - The U.S. Department of Defense has released the names of the two U.S. soldiers who were killed in a shootout early Sunday in the Sherzad district of eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. They are Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28; and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28.
Six other servicemembers were wounded when an Afghan partner opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in the country said.
"We are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time," U.S. Colonel Sonny Leggett said early Sunday.
An Afghan defense ministry official, who was not identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the shooter was an Afghan soldier who had argued with the U.S. forces before opening fire, the Associated Press reported. He was not a Taliban infiltrator, the official said.
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